Residents of Big Communist Street like it that way

It would seem an appropriate enough tribute to the late, legendary, anti-communist author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn to rename Moscow’s Bolshaya Kommunistecheskaya Ulitsa (Big Communist Street) in his honor. But the street’s residents aren’t happy about the change and keep tearing the new sign down. When I was there, it was quite a surprise to me how ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.

It would seem an appropriate enough tribute to the late, legendary, anti-communist author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn to rename Moscow's Bolshaya Kommunistecheskaya Ulitsa (Big Communist Street) in his honor. But the street's residents aren't happy about the change and keep tearing the new sign down.

It would seem an appropriate enough tribute to the late, legendary, anti-communist author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn to rename Moscow’s Bolshaya Kommunistecheskaya Ulitsa (Big Communist Street) in his honor. But the street’s residents aren’t happy about the change and keep tearing the new sign down.

When I was there, it was quite a surprise to me how many of Moscow’s streets have kept their old Communist names. I used to get a big kick out of going to work on Leninskaya.

My favorite part of this story is that there’s a McDonald’s on the corner.

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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